John Yau is a poet, art critic, and curator born in Lynn, Massachusetts. He attended Bard College and earned his MFA from Brooklyn College in 1978. With over fifty books published, some of his most notable titles include Edificio Sayonara (1992), Radiant Silhouette (1994), Hawaiian Cowboys (1995), Forbidden Entries (1997), My Symptoms (1998), and My Heart is that Eternal Rose Tattoo (2001).
Yau has received numerous awards and fellowships including a New York Foundation for the Arts Award, the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently resides in New York City and teaches at the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Rutgers University.